Near Beer memorialize friends lost via the divinely raucous “Dead Drummers”

Near Beer, the new band formed by Joey Siara (lead singer and songwriter for The Henry Clay People), has released “Dead Drummers” the new single from their upcoming self-titled debut album. The band says:

The song was recorded soon after a friend’s memorial service as a tribute to him and a few other good friends we lost during the pandemic. We wanted to capture the reckless spirit of buddies who find a surrogate family in the music scene. The song ends up being a snapshot of the mixed bag of emotions that go into grief—anger, longing, but ultimately the hope that being in a silly rock band can actually provide some kind of healthy cathartic release.

Building on sounds explored throughout The Henry Clay People oeuvre, “Dead Drummers” demonstrates Near Beer’s hook-filled and raucously guitar-driven approach. Siara’s vocal is unmistakable—strained, urgent, slightly sneery. Both a bittersweet elegy to dead bandmates and friends and a riff-y tribute to the redemptive power of music, “Dead Drummers” is a perfect summer track.

Listen to the track below, which Beats Per Minute is pleased to premiere, or find it on various streaming platforms.

Near Beer’s self-titled debut album will be released on July 15 via Double Helix Records (pre-order the physical). You can find the band on Bandcamp, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.